Mmmmm, looks good doesn’t it? That’s not beef though. No no no, that’s not beef at all.
“I dunno, I’ve had cow…”
You see, beef isn’t as healthy as this meat in any way. Not only is this meat higher in protein and iron than beef, but it’s better for the planet because this is kangaroo meat.
Kangaroos have a different digestive system to cows and most other mammals thought of as the classic food animals. This means they produce virtually no methane in their gas, as opposed to cows which are responsible for over ten percent of the world’s carbon footprint. So, if we stop farming cows and sheep so heavily, and swap that over to kangaroos instead, we’ll not only be eating healthier ourselves but helping to save the planet.
Now for the important part – how does it taste? Obviously we’re not going to change over if it tastes awful, no matter how good it is for us. Well I’ve been lucky enough to taste kangaroo a few times over the past ten years, although it’s not easy to buy over here, and I can report back that it tastes like beef with a slight hint of venison in there too when prepared as steaks or burgers. It’s kind of like a mildly herby lamb when prepared as a roast. And tastes like a steak and ale pie when used as the filling of a pie.
Nowadays you can ask at most butchers for kangaroo meat and they can at least order it in for you. Here’s some recipes to try it out with.